NSBA Statement on the Trump Administration's Budget Proposal

February 16, 2018

Alexandria, Va. (February 16, 2018) - NSBA Executive Director & CEO Thomas J. Gentzel today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed FY 2018-19 budget:

“Programs that support teacher and principal recruitment, preparation and retention, and student academic enrichment should not be sacrificed as proposed in the Trump Administration’s budget. These programs lay the foundation of the nation’s future workforce and global competitiveness.  

“As Congress moves forward with a new appropriations package we hope federal lawmakers will disregard the Administration’s proposed approach to eliminate funding entirely for teacher and principal support and student enrichment programs. Over 50 million children attend public schools and supporting their education through robust teaching and learning must be a national priority. Indeed, funding for teacher training and student support services are of utmost importance to the innovation that will boost college and career readiness in America.  

“NSBA appreciates Congress’ diligence in keeping the budget process moving forward and encourages federal lawmakers to disregard areas of the proposed budget that fall short on a strong investment in public education. The nation's state school boards associations and their 90,000 local school board members rely on lawmakers to support keeping federal tax dollars in public schools and public programs.

“We support investments in special education, Title I grants for disadvantaged students, and innovative programs that create an intellectually and technically skilled workforce. We have the ability to make smart investments in public education that will lift millions of people out of poverty, and give them a wonderful chance to lead an enriched and prosperous life.”


The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S.

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